Internet deal leads to real-world robbery

Selling items over the internet can be a sketchy affair, as yet another person learned Monday in Sacramento.

According to the Sacramento Police Department, the seller of a PlayStation 3 met with someone he believed to be an interested buyer in the south Natomas neighborhood before noon on May 5. And while the party was indeed interested in acquiring the popular gaming console, he wasn’t so interested in paying for it.

The suspect talked over the deal from the driver’s seat of a gray or silver minivan, even handing the victim cash at one point to count, said Officer Michele Gigante, a police spokeswoman. But then a second male suspect appeared with a gun and told the victim to drop the cash and leave.

Gigante confirmed that these types of robberies aren’t unusual in the city and advised those who are looking to buy or sell items online to trust their instincts when a price seems too good or a meeting location doesn’t feel right.

“Go with your gut,” she said. “You’ll find somebody else.”

Gigante also suggested that people choose public spots to meet, preferably a police department parking lot “swarming with police” during business hours.

“Take control of where you meet,” she said. “Don’t meet people at your house if you can help it.”

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